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Student Scholarships available now
WALLA WALLA, COLUMBIA COUNTIES—Now is the time for high school and college students to apply for scholarships. The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association scholarship (WSSRA) offers a variety of scholarships to support future educators.... Full story
Burn ban announced for CWWFD2
WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 announced that a burn ban will go into effect on Monday, July 25. The ban is in effect in the entire district, including the City of Waitsburg. This... Full story
Columbia REA announces More Powerful Together Community Grant program
Columbia REA is currently accepting applications for its 2022 More Powerful Together Community Grant Program. Grant funding will be available to selected organizations from Milton-Freewater, Or., Walla Walla County, and Columbia County. The goal of...
YWCA Fun Factory is back for the summer
Walla Walla Valley-Fun Factory is a mobile summer recreation program that brings fun outdoor activities for kids 5-10(ish) to the Walla Walla Valley communities. This year the YWCA program will bring... Full story
New report tracks risk of COVID-19 reinfection in Washington state
OLYMPIA—Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published a new weekly report that provides an insight into COVID-19 reinfections. This report includes information on hospitalizations and deaths, demographics, trends over time, and... Full story
Martin Luther King, Jr Day is this Monday January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not just a day off, it is designated as a day of service. It is a day to think about your community and the dream you have for the future. Pick a project that helps... Full story
Area students named to UW Dean's list
SEATTLE—Students from Dayton, Pomeroy and Prescott were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Winter 2021 Quarter. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade... Full story
CWWFD2 Announces Burn Ban
WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 announced that a burn ban will go into effect in the district, including the City of Waitsburg, on July 6. The ban will extend into September, with an end date to be announced.... Full story
Eighth Annual SWIM the SNAKE Paddling and Open Water Swim Event
LYONS FERRY—The eighth annual SWIM the SNAKE event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 14, 2021, beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to the non-competitive, open-water swim, event organizers continue to...
Dayton, Prescott and Waitsburg Candidates List
City of Waitsburg Candidates Mayor: Incumbent Marty Dunn Kate Hockersmith City Council: Position 1: Incumbent Kevin House Position 2: Incumbent Jim Romine Position 3: Randy Charles Position 4: Incumbent Karen Stanton-Gregutt Court Ruppenthal Position...
Elementary Students to Release Classroom-Raised Salmon
Students from four local schools will release juvenile coho salmon into various streams in the coming weeks. The schools received salmon eggs last October as part of Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon in... Full story
2020 Flood Event, one-year anniversary
Last year on February 7 our communities suffered considerable flood damage. Local state, county, and city governments, and residents came together to help neighbors and repair damage. Though some of...
Common Roots Housing Trust to host Zoom town hall
WALLA WALLA—Common Roots Housing Trust will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, January 11, via Zoom call, at 6:00 p.m. Common Roots Housing Trust is a Walla Walla-based community land trust that has been formed to provide affordable housing... Full story
The Times' new year includes new office location
WAITSBURG—Starting January 4, 2021, The Times office will be located inside Ten Ton Coffee, 216 Main Street. The office is currently closed to the public, however, payments related to the newspaper... Full story
Pets of the valley
Duke had a short stay at the Blue Mountain Humane Society before joining his new family on the farm. Equal parts handsome and goofy, Duke's family raves about him, saying he is the "awesome farm dog"... Full story
The Blues V, available for pre-order
WALLA WALLA—The Blue Mountain Land Trust is thrilled to announce The Blues V, the next volume of The Blues collection of photo books. The Blues V edition features dramatic landscapes of the John... Full story
Charitable Giving Guide is as easy as two clicks of a mouse
WALLA WALLA—Last week, The Times and other local newspapers included the Charitable Giving Guide, presented by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. The Charitable Giving Guide offers a one-stop-shop for donors to select their favorite...
Area schools temporarily return to distance learning
Waitsburg, Dayton, and Prescott school districts are battling rising COVID-19 cases and have announced temporary closures or a switch back to virtual learning. COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising in... Full story
Waitsburg, Dayton and Prescott leaf pickup service for 2020
Basin Disposal will be picking up bagged leaves for customers in Waitsburg, Dayton and Prescott. The leaf pick-up is not part of the regular garbage route but will be done with a different truck on a separate route. The following are tentative...
Virtual BooGrass Auction begins October 23
WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's Rural Youth Enrichment Services (RYES) will host the Virtual BooGrass Auction starting October 23. Log on and bid on items including a Will Writing package donated by Karl Law...
BMLT streaming Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountain Land Trust is excited to announce the on-demand streaming of the thirteen-part series, Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains. The series explores the natural history of the northern Blue Mountains of Southeastern...
Touchet River Habitat Restoration - Virtual Public Meeting
The Columbia and Walla Walla County Conservation Districts would like your input on draft restoration actions identified for the Touchet River and its tributaries, as characterized in a draft conceptual restoration plan under development. The plan...
COVID-19 is on a path to runaway growth in Washington state
OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on Friday, July 17, which shows that Washington State as a whole is in an explosive situation. Transmission continues to increase or accelerate a... Full story
Swim the Snake cancelled
The Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently announced that the annual Swim the Snake event has been sidelined due to COVID-19. Organizers said that due to the increase in COVID-19 cases; and the need to mask up in...
Providence St. Mary Foundation grants $20,000 in scholarships
WALLA WALLA—In a move to support local healthcare workers during an uncertain, stressful and unpredictable time, Providence St. Mary Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to locally-employed Providence St. Mary caregivers. Thirteen...